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China’s narrow focus on oil in South Sudan won’t work says U.S. envoy


South Sudan China OilChina needs to move beyond a narrow focus on oil issues in South Sudan and help tackle that country’s larger political disputes with Sudan, the outgoing U.S. special envoy to the two African states said on Wednesday.

Ambassador Princeton Lyman said he had worked closely with Chinese officials for more than two years, during which time South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 to become the world’s newest nation.

China is Sudan’s biggest ally and is the largest investor in the oil industry there and in South Sudan – a position that Western diplomats say gives Beijing the best chance of defusing tension between Khartoum and Juba over sharing oil wealth and ending violence on both sides of their common border.

But Lyman said the disputes, which have shut down landlocked South Sudan’s oil output, underscore the limits of staying aloof from political problems.

“They have weighed in very significantly on the oil issue. But what China doesn’t like to do is to get involved in some of the underlying political problems that are keeping the oil from flowing,” he told reporters in Washington.

“Without that stability and (with) the danger of conflict on the border, the chances of having a long-term productive oil sector is threatened, so they can’t just concentrate on the oil and just pretend that the other things aren’t bearing on it,” he said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, asked about Lyman’s remarks, said China had consistently played an important role in promoting dialogue between the two Sudans.

“China’s contributions have been well received by Sudan, South Sudan, African countries and regional bodies. We will continue to work with the international community for peace between the Sudans, stability and development, and play a proactive, constructive role,” he told reporters in Beijing.

China has long held up as its foreign policy mantra non-interference in countries’ internal affairs, a principle it first enunciated in 1954 – long before it was an economic power with interests around the globe.

Source: Reuters “China’s narrow focus on oil in South Sudan won’t work: U.S. envoy”
 
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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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